Texts and Technology Lecture Series: 'Yours Truly': The History and Art of Letter-Writing Before, During, and After the Digital Age by William Zachs

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (ET)
MAGILL MAGILL Philips Wing
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Lecture
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Hochberg, Rachel A
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Library
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https://ems-web.quaker.haverford.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=42067

When did you last write a letter or thank-you note by hand? When did you last send an email or text? Do you save your old letters? Do you have a pen pal? What is a wax-jack, a ponce pot, a nibber? These are some of the questions to be answered and discussed in a seminar led by Bill Zachs, a scholar and collector based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Displaying a range of quirky items from his own collection and the Haverford collections, Bill considers the role of the letter in our culture and looks at the materials that go into the making of written forms of communication - past and present: ink, quills, paper, envelopes, stamps, iPhones, Facebook and much more. Participants will have opportunities to handle the objects themselves, tell their own stories and fill out a survey. 

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